After singer Ricky Martin recently found himself at the center of a scandal for facing allegations of domestic violence, it is now known who the applicant is. He, meanwhile, rejects all the claims. The lawsuit was filed anonymously and under Act 54, known as the Domestic Abuse Prevention and Intervention Act, by the son of his half-sister Vanessa, and the singer's nephew Dennis Yadiel Sanchez.
According to the claims of the 21-year-old, it is stated that he and Martin ended their seven-month relationship, which the singer did not take well and was constantly "hanging around" in front of his house. Also, Sanchez pointed out that he suffered physical and psychological abuse during the relationship.
Under Puerto Rican law, accusations of incest are taken very seriously. If proven guilty, the singer could be sentenced to up to 50 years in prison.
The singer's representatives rejected all the accusations.
"Unfortunately, the person who made this claim is struggling with deep mental health challenges.
Ricky Martin has, of course, never been - and would never be - involved in any kind of se*ual or romantic relationship with his nephew," said his attorney Marty Singer. He also added: "The idea is not only untrue, it is disgusting.
We all hope that this man gets the help he so urgently needs. But, most of all, we look forward to this awful case being dismissed as soon as a judge gets to look at the facts," he added. According to Marca, on July 1 in Puerto Rico, Martin also got a restraining order against Sanchez, and the singer then announced it on Twitter.
"The protection order entered against me is based on completely false allegations, so I will respond through the judicial process with the facts and the dignity that characterize me," Ricky tweeted on 3 July. "Because it is an ongoing legal matter, I cannot make detailed statements at this time.
I am grateful for the countless messages of solidarity, and I receive them with all my heart." The trial is scheduled for July 21.